Investigator Confirms Suspect List In Fire That Killed Woman, 2 Children

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Investigators at the scene of the Feb. 16 fire. (File)

Investigators at the scene of the Feb. 16 fire. (File)

WACO (October 2, 2012)--Waco fire marshals said Tuesday they are continuing to investigate a February fire that claimed the lives of a mother and two of her children and confirmed there are suspects in the blaze.

One fire marshal said Tuesday no arrests have been made, but said there are people who have risen to the top of the suspect list, even though investigators have not yet released what they believe to be the cause of the mobile home fire.

"We're working on that full force but we still have a way to go," the fire marshal said Tuesday.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said back in April the fire that consumed the mobile home on Feb. 16 was first thought to be electrical in origin, but said, fire investigators had not confirmed an electrical problem as the cause.

Swanton said Tuesday the police department has officially closed their portion of the investigation.

Autopsy reports released a week after the fire said that Ashley Dawn Rogers, 27, and her children Madisyn Marie Megginson, 4, and 8-month-old Gage Megginson died of burns and smoke inhalation.

Swanton said the autopsy revealed all three deaths were ruled as accidental.

The mobile home was destroyed.

Rogers' son Kaiden, 2, whom a neighbor rescued from the flames, was treated and later released from a local hospital.

Fire marshals, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Waco police detectives have been investigating the fire, which broke out at around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at 6312 N. 19th Street in Bosqueville.

Three firefighters, one who suffered first-degree steam burns, another suffered second-degree steam burns and a third who suffered heat exhaustion, were taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

They were all treated and released.

A fourth firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exposure burns.


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